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From Andy Seaborne <a...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Facebook relicensing React (and Jest, Flow and Immutable) to MIT license
Date Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:12:25 GMT
Another factor may be that MIT is a common choice in JS land.

     Andy

On 23/09/17 07:07, Greg Stein wrote:
> An interesting point to note: RocksDB was licensed under ALv2/GPLv2. ... 
> but this news says MIT is being used. I believe that is because the MIT 
> license is silent on patents. If we surmise FB might hold patents that 
> read upon these libraries, and (thus) wanted to keep BSD+Patents ... we 
> can see the strategic benefit for choosing a license that does not grant 
> any patent rights (like ALv2 does; iirc, GPLv2 is silent)
> 
> In a similar vein, when I was at Google, we set ALv2 as the default 
> license. We released some code to the GNU Toolchain, so put that under 
> GPL. We released some MacOS stuff, so put that under BSD ... but there 
> was a package once that we released that didn't have such "community 
> ties" and BSD was chosen. I never inquired, but I believe it was for 
> potential patent purposes. ... I think that's what is happening here, 
> with FB's choice of MIT.
> 
> Cheers,
> -g
> 
> 
> On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 5:27 PM, Chris Mattmann <mattmann@apache.org 
> <mailto:mattmann@apache.org>> wrote:
> 
>     https://code.facebook.com/posts/300798627056246
>     <https://code.facebook.com/posts/300798627056246>
> 
>     FYI…
> 
>     Cheers,
>     Chris
> 
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